Friendship group to host Pyongyang blockchain, cryptocurrency conference in 2020

Friendship group to host Pyongyang blockchain, cryptocurrency conference in 2020

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(Article originally from NKNews.org)

The 2nd Pyongyang Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference will be held in February 2020 as part of a week-long tour, event organizers the Korean Friendship Association (KFA) have said.

KFA Spain and its leader Alejandro Cao de Benos announced on Monday that the conference would return to the North Korean capital next year, following the first event held this past spring.

Conference events are set to take place on February 24-25 at the Pyongyang Science and Technology Complex, a new webpage set up by the KFA for the 2020 event states.

Sci Tech Complex, Pyongyang, North Korea

Following the two full days of the conference from 9:00 to 18:30, a “DPRK general business presentation and private business meetings with interested counterparts” will be held on February 26, it claims.

“The first Pyongyang Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference on April 2019 was a success where international experts in the Blockchain and Crypto industry gathered in Pyongyang to share their knowledge and vision,” according to the website.

Participants at the previous event, it adds, “established long lasting connections, discussed business opportunities and signed contracts in the field of Information Technology,” though it does not specify if contracts were signed with North Korean parties or between international attendees.

The next event was organized due in part to demand, the KFA claims, for an “exclusive environment of confidentiality and contacts with the highest [North Korean] government officials and engineers.”

KFA leader Cao de Benos is listed as the organizer for the North Korean side in his role as “Special Delegate” of the DPRK Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries.

No other foreign organizers, speakers, or sponsors are listed on the website for the event, though it says there are “advisors working for the top ten market cap cryptocurrencies” assisting on the technical side.

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